NEW UK GUIDANCE ON RESPONSIBLE CONTRACTUAL BEHAVIOUR AND COVID-19

On 13 May, an article from Dentons said that the UK Cabinet Office has issued guidance calling for “responsible and fair” behaviour in the enforcement of contract terms as part of the national response to COVID-19.  It is said to apply to both the public and private sector and asks parties to contracts to “act responsibly and fairly, support the response to COVID-19 and protect jobs and the economy” where the performance of contracts is materially impacted by COVID-19. The guidance does not have the force of law (and does not apply in the devolved administrations – Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – anyway); rather parties are being encouraged to follow it “for their collective benefit and for the long-term benefit of the UK economy”.

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/new-uk-guidance-on-responsible-44173/

The Cabinet Office guidance dated 7 May is available at –

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/883737/_Covid-19_and_Responsible_Contractual_Behaviour__web_final___7_May_.pdf

 

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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